CLINTON, Iowa — A Rock Falls, Ill., man has been found guilty of cheating during a game of poker at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton.

Dustin O. Kendrick, 30, was charged with prohibited acts after a Feb. 5, 2009, incident at the casino.

According to court records, Kendrick was at the casino that morning playing Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em  when the dealer spotted him “capping” his bet, meaning he had added chips to a bet he had already placed on the table after the cards had been dealt.

The dealer told police Kendrick had been warned in the past about capping his bets.

Kendrick told police he had made a mistake and didn’t mean to do it, but acknowledged he was a gold card member of the casino and a frequent visitor.

A Clinton County jury found Kendrick guilty Monday in a one-day trial.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison when he is sentenced March 4.

The conviction also means Kendrick will be banned for life from all Iowa casinos.

Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said the statute exists to make sure casino games are fair for all players.

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